US commandos heading into Syria, White House says

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small number of U.S. special operations forces will be sent to northern Syria to work with local troops in the fight against Islamic State militants, the White House announced Friday, marking the first time Americans will be deployed openly on the ground in the country.

  • Written by VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

2 Palestinian attacks, Israeli police say; 2 stabbers killed

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian stabbed and wounded an American man at a station of Jerusalem's light rail on Friday before he was shot dead by police, security guards and civilians, police said. An Israeli man was wounded in the cross-fire.

  • Written by MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press

Attack kills dozens in Syria as talks begin in Vienna

BEIRUT (AP) — A barrage of missiles slammed into an overcrowded suburb of the Syrian capital, killing at least 45 people on Friday, activists said, as world powers convened in Vienna for talks on how to resolve the country's conflict.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

Nations agree to restart Syria peace talks

VIENNA (AP) — The United States, Russia and more than a dozen other nations have directed the U.N. to begin a new diplomatic process with Syria's government and opposition with the goal of reaching a nationwide cease-fire and political transition.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press